Waterville area fisheries

Waterville area fisheries staff perform management, habitat and oversight work for 20 fishing lakes and 107 rivers and streams in Le Sueur, Rice, Steele, Blue Earth, Dodge, Freeborn, Mower, Faribault and Waseca counties.

Popular area waters are the Cannon River Chain of Lakes, Madison Lake and Washington Lake. Each is popular for abundant panfish, largemouth bass, walleye and northern pike.

The Waterville fisheries work area

Where to find us

50317 Fish Hatchery Road
Waterville, MN 56096-0086
[email protected]
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Fishing opportunities
Fish hatchery

The Waterville hatchery was established in 1954 major updates of facility occurred in 1989, 1998, and 2012. The hatchery plays a major role in northern pike fry reintroduction in some area lakes after winterkill and reclamation as well as raising channel catfish for distribution to areas with fingerling requests and for St. Paul hatchery yearling production for stocking.

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Waterville staff

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Craig SoupirArea supervisor507-497-1821[email protected]
Brandon EderAssistant area supervisor507-497-1823[email protected]
Andrew ScholtenFisheries specialist - hatchery507-497-1824[email protected]
Skyler WigenFisheries specialist507-497-1825[email protected]
Tyler FellowsFisheries specialist507-497-1826[email protected]
Peter MuggliFisheries technician507-497-1827[email protected]
Tanya HankinsOffice administrative specialist507-497-1822[email protected]
Steve ShroyerFisheries research scientist507-497-1833[email protected]
Dale LogsdonFisheries research biologist507-497-1832[email protected]